IDF strikes at two targets in the Gaza strip and Syrian border
This is the first instance of Palestinian projectile fire and Israeli retaliation in a month (File Archive/ AFP).
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The Israel Air Force struck two terror targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Monday in response to Palestinian rockets fired at Israel hours earlier.
The IDF said it bombed two targets, in north and south Gaza, and identified accurate strikes. It was the first instance of Palestinian projectile fire and Israeli retaliation in a month. Over the past 48 hours, two Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel. One landed in the Sha'ar Hanegev region on Sunday, and on Saturday, a rocket slammed into the Eshkol region.
In a separate incident Monday morning, the IDF fired artillery salvos into Syria after Syrian shells flew in the direction of Israeli military posts on Mount Hermon. There were no injuries or damages on the Israeli side. "The IDF responded with artillery fire toward the sources of fire," said a statement by the IDF Spokesman Unit .
Earlier this month, the IDF Northern Command declared the Quneitra crossing area a closed military zone, following intense exchanges of fire between Assad loyalist forces and rebels in the region. The IDF sealed the area and told local farm workers to stay away, due to the danger of stray shells or gunfire reaching Israel. Assad forces have been under siege in the border area near Israel for many months, and attempts by the Syrian army to reverse rebel victories in the region have so far been a failure.